Drug-free grad party needs resident participation


M.A.S.H. is hosting the 1st Annual Drug-Free Graduation Party at Maricopa High School on May 24. The coalition wants to involve local residents in helping with this event.

Combining food, fun, music, games and a movie, the post graduation event will begin at  11 p.m. and will run until 6 a.m. Donations of food, funds and/or raffle items are being sought. In addition volunteers will be needed as chaperones and to assist in planning the party. Business sponsors would be greatly appreciated. 

“We want to make this a fun and meaningful event,” says coalition chairperson Mary Witkofski.

Founded in May 2006, the M.A.S.H. (Maricopa, Ak-Chin, Stanfield, Hidden Valley) Anti-Substance Abuse Coalition exists for non-profit community service. Its mission is to provide resources, promote citizen involvement and create innovative ways to prevent and reduce substance abuse, particularly underage drinking.

Substance abuse prevention is both ongoing and an essential task, to which the M.A.S.H. Coalition is completely dedicated.

Who makes up the coalition? Volunteers. Parents, grandparents, educators, interested community members are all invited to be part of the coalition and to help make Maricopa a safer community for all by working to curb underage drinking and drug use.

“Building up a strong core of volunteers in essential,” said M.A.S.H. coordinator Dawnielle Castellanos. “Great programs exist in Maricopa, but not everyone is aware of them.”

Come and be part of the M.A.S.H. Coalition (www.mashcoalition.org) and take a stand against substance abuse. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the M.A.S.H. office, located at 20046 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 101 (behind Penascos).

A planning meeting for the Graduation Party has been set for Tuesday, March 8, at the M.A.S.H. office at 7 p.m. Get involved and help make this year’s grad party a night to remember .
For further information or to provide post-graduation party support, contact Castellanos at 520-568-4769 or at mashcoalition1@gmail.com. Non-perishable donations may be dropped off at the M.A.S.H. office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call Castellanos for pick up.

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